Buckman Elementary Principal Leaves Temporarily, Cites "Health"

Portland Public Schools

Principal churn in Portland Public Schools continues. Last Monday, parents at Buckman Elementary School in Southeast Portland learned the principal who started in fall 2014, Robin Morrison, is taking a temporary leave. In an email to parents the principal cited health reasons.Morrison moved to Buckman from Woodlawn K-8 School under the terms of a federal grant at Woodlawn that required Morrison's ...   More
Friday, April 10, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Bad Boy

Steve Buel is cranky, irritating, stubborn—and a surprising force for change in Portland Public Schools.

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Greg Belisle demanded an answer. Steve Buel refused to give him one. It was Jan. 27, 2014, and Belisle was holding the gavel as co-chairman of the Portland Public Schools board. He and the oth   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Wilson High Principal Reinstates Teachers in 'Initiation Activity' Case

The school's principal earlier said the incidents involved hazing.


Wilson High School principal Brian Chatard announced Tuesday the conclusion of his investigation into a classroom 'initiation' that put three teachers on paid administrative leave in February.All of the teachers are now back at school, Chatard wrote in an email to parents, adding that "the intent of the initiation activity was not to harm or humiliate students." Chatard's February email announcing ...   More
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools Sets Date to Hear Title IX Complaint


Portland Public Schools' Board of Education has set two dates to consider the substance of a Wilson High School mom's Title IX complaint regarding the high-school girls' basketball schedule.Mother Allison Horn, as first reported by WW, alleges PPS's basketball schedule violated Title IX by scheduling more "prime time" games for boys' teams than girls' teams. Earlier start times in the season that just ...   More
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 by Beth Slovic

Portland School Board Members React to Administrator Salary Increases


It started as a heads up. It ended as a head butt.Sean Murray, chief human resources officer for Portland Public Schools, sent an email to school board members Tuesday alerting them to his interview with WW about salary increases among top administrators earlier in the day. WW's story on the hefty raises among administrators, including Murray, appears in this week's paper."I expect that the story ...   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board Votes 4-1 to Hear Female Athletes' Gender Discrimination Complaint

"We're not treating the girls equally," says Bobbie Regan.


The Portland School Board voted 4-1 to hear a mother's complaint that Portland Public Schools discriminates against its female athletes, signaling during discussion of the vote that they believed the mother had a valid case."I'm pleasantly surprised," says Allison Horn, the Wilson High School mom who brought the complaint. "I didn't expect it in a million years."Horn, whose daughter played varsity ...   More
Monday, March 30, 2015 by Beth Slovic

The Equalizer

Portland schools chief Carole Smith wants to reinvent the neighborhood school. Can she do it?

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Carole Smith is the most powerful woman in Oregon education. As superintendent of Portland Public Schools, she makes tough decisions every day regarding the district’s $535 million annual budg   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Ladies First

Why do Portland schools treat girls’ basketball as second rate?

Maddy Horn had a great season as point guard for her Wilson High School girls’ varsity basketball team, winning co-MVP. The senior says she and her teammates worked just as hard as the Wilson    More
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board Candidates Raise Questions About Punishing Students By Giving Them Janitorial Work


Portland Public Schools on Thursday suspended César Chávez K-8 School's "community service" program, which forces students as young as 7 to clean walls, floors, desks and doorknobs, as well as pick up trash in bathrooms, hallways and outdoor areas as punishment for minor acts of defiance and unruliness such as throwing food.The program, first reported by WW, is now on hold ...   More
Monday, March 16, 2015 by Beth Slovic

2015 Portland School Board Election: Gretchen Hollands, a PPS Employee, Joins the Race


A third candidate has jumped into the Zone 3 race for the Portland Public Schools board, and she comes from an unusual place: inside PPS's headquarters.Gretchen Hollands, a project manager in the district's facilities department, has worked for PPS for seven years. Her husband, Walt, is a biology teacher at Grant High School. He's been there for 21 years.Hollands is aware of her conflicts—or potential ...   More
Monday, March 16, 2015 BETH SLOVIC


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